Colorado State University Hosts Community Lecture on Building Strong Marriages and Relationships

Colorado State University will host a lecture March 23 on seven principles for successful relationships and marriages as part of its "Families at Five" series, a new program designed to help community members enhance family relationships.

The presentation will be given by Shelley Haddock, director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Colorado State. Haddock will explore the seven principles essential in creating a successful intimate relationship as presented in John Gottman’s acclaimed book, "The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work." The workshop will provide participants with many practical suggestions and activities for achieving happy relationships.

The event is free and runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 144 of the Gifford Building on campus, 502 W. Lake St. Parking for the event is free in the "A" lot to the west of the Gifford Building.

Children can attend the presentation with their parents or they can participate in a free children’s program. The children’s programs for ages 3-6 and ages 7-11 will be centered on the theme "Proud of My Feelings!"

The "Families at Five" program features free monthly presentations on the fourth Thursday of each month. Topics include parenting strategies, preventing adolescent substance abuse and caring for aging family members. The program is sponsored by the Colorado State University Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic within the College of Applied Human Sciences. The spring schedule for the series follows:

March 23

  • Seven Principles for Successful Relationships; speaker: Shelley Haddock, M.S., director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic
  • Children’s Activity: "Proud of My Feelings!"

April 27

  • Prevent and Stop Adolescent Substance Abuse; speaker: Kevin Lyness, Ph.D., professor
  • Children’s Activity: "Exploring My Feeling"

May 25

  • Caring for Aged Parents; speaker: Clif Barber, Ph.D., professor
  • Children’s Activity: "You and Me Talking"

For more information, contact Lauren Levine at (970) 491-5991.